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Digby W.

Turn your AP Physics / College Physics Anxiety into Skill, Confidence

Turn your AP Physics / College Physics Anxiety into Skill, Confidence

$109/hour

  • 1,906 hours tutoring

About Digby


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I taught AP & IB Physics for six years in the late 90's, with exceptional success for my students on all AP and IB exams. I've also taught regular physics (as opposed to college prep). And I taught Algebra 1 through Calculus in rural Louisiana through the Teach For America program before I got licensed to teach physics. These and other teaching jobs involved quite a bit of one-on-one work with students.

Even though I was known for guiding my students to good results on the AP and IB physics...

I taught AP & IB Physics for six years in the late 90's, with exceptional success for my students on all AP and IB exams. I've also taught regular physics (as opposed to college prep). And I taught Algebra 1 through Calculus in rural Louisiana through the Teach For America program before I got licensed to teach physics. These and other teaching jobs involved quite a bit of one-on-one work with students.

Even though I was known for guiding my students to good results on the AP and IB physics tests, that wasn't what mattered most to me. I wanted to share my excitement and love for math and physics. The most important results for me were seeing students get excited about physics, and start doing their own exploring. Test scores come and go, but attitude and enthusiasm are forever.

My approach to tutoring is to ask questions and listen first, before I say much. I want to find out where you're at, what you understand and don't understand, and how you feel about what you're studying. Sometimes students are completely lost and we need to go all the way back to the beginning, but just as often, they only need some gaps filled in, and some concepts strengthened. And they need confidence. My job is to figure out where the gaps are, and help the student fill them, and work things through enough that the you have confidence in your own ability, and can take control of your own progress.


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Carleton College
Physics
University of St. Thomas
Masters

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Physics

Physics

I only tutor physics, and sometimes the math to go with it. Mostly I tutor AP Physics 1, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism, High School Physics, Honors Physics, Calculus-based Introductory College Physics, and Algebra / trig –based Introductory College Physics. I also sometimes work with students in AP Physics 2, Honors Physics, Homeschool Physics, and so forth. I taught high school physics for 6 years. In that time, my students earned a statewide reputation for excellence on IB Physics SL and IB Physics HL exams, in spite of taking the IB Physics SL exam at the end of the first year rather than after two years. They also performed well on exams for AP Physics C Mechanics, AP Physics C Electricity and Magnetism, and AP Physics B (a combination of AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2, more or less). In the final year, they dominated the competitive Drake physics exam, administered to over 1,000 students in four states by Drake University. I also taught high school math in rural Louisiana through the Teach for America program. And I’ve taught English as a foreign language in Japan, in a refugee camp in Thailand, and for one hour as a guest in a junior high school in Indonesia. I have a BA in Physics from Carleton College in Northfield, MN and an MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching) from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.

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Physics

Physics

I only tutor physics, and sometimes the math to go with it. Mostly I tutor AP Physics 1, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism, High School Physics, Honors Physics, Calculus-based Introductory College Physics, and Algebra / trig –based Introductory College Physics. I also sometimes work with students in AP Physics 2, Honors Physics, Homeschool Physics, and so forth. I taught high school physics for 6 years. In that time, my students earned a statewide reputation for excellence on IB Physics SL and IB Physics HL exams, in spite of taking the IB Physics SL exam at the end of the first year rather than after two years. They also performed well on exams for AP Physics C Mechanics, AP Physics C Electricity and Magnetism, and AP Physics B (a combination of AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2, more or less). In the final year, they dominated the competitive Drake physics exam, administered to over 1,000 students in four states by Drake University. I also taught high school math in rural Louisiana through the Teach for America program. And I’ve taught English as a foreign language in Japan, in a refugee camp in Thailand, and for one hour as a guest in a junior high school in Indonesia. I have a BA in Physics from Carleton College in Northfield, MN and an MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching) from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.

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Physics

Physics

I only tutor physics, and sometimes the math to go with it. Mostly I tutor AP Physics 1, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism, High School Physics, Honors Physics, Calculus-based Introductory College Physics, and Algebra / trig –based Introductory College Physics. I also sometimes work with students in AP Physics 2, Honors Physics, Homeschool Physics, and so forth. I taught high school physics for 6 years. In that time, my students earned a statewide reputation for excellence on IB Physics SL and IB Physics HL exams, in spite of taking the IB Physics SL exam at the end of the first year rather than after two years. They also performed well on exams for AP Physics C Mechanics, AP Physics C Electricity and Magnetism, and AP Physics B (a combination of AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2, more or less). In the final year, they dominated the competitive Drake physics exam, administered to over 1,000 students in four states by Drake University. I also taught high school math in rural Louisiana through the Teach for America program. And I’ve taught English as a foreign language in Japan, in a refugee camp in Thailand, and for one hour as a guest in a junior high school in Indonesia. I have a BA in Physics from Carleton College in Northfield, MN and an MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching) from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.

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Physics

Physics

I only tutor physics, and sometimes the math to go with it. Mostly I tutor AP Physics 1, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism, High School Physics, Honors Physics, Calculus-based Introductory College Physics, and Algebra / trig –based Introductory College Physics. I also sometimes work with students in AP Physics 2, Honors Physics, Homeschool Physics, and so forth. I taught high school physics for 6 years. In that time, my students earned a statewide reputation for excellence on IB Physics SL and IB Physics HL exams, in spite of taking the IB Physics SL exam at the end of the first year rather than after two years. They also performed well on exams for AP Physics C Mechanics, AP Physics C Electricity and Magnetism, and AP Physics B (a combination of AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2, more or less). In the final year, they dominated the competitive Drake physics exam, administered to over 1,000 students in four states by Drake University. I also taught high school math in rural Louisiana through the Teach for America program. And I’ve taught English as a foreign language in Japan, in a refugee camp in Thailand, and for one hour as a guest in a junior high school in Indonesia. I have a BA in Physics from Carleton College in Northfield, MN and an MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching) from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.

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Physics

Physics

I only tutor physics, and sometimes the math to go with it. Mostly I tutor AP Physics 1, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism, High School Physics, Honors Physics, Calculus-based Introductory College Physics, and Algebra / trig –based Introductory College Physics. I also sometimes work with students in AP Physics 2, Honors Physics, Homeschool Physics, and so forth. I taught high school physics for 6 years. In that time, my students earned a statewide reputation for excellence on IB Physics SL and IB Physics HL exams, in spite of taking the IB Physics SL exam at the end of the first year rather than after two years. They also performed well on exams for AP Physics C Mechanics, AP Physics C Electricity and Magnetism, and AP Physics B (a combination of AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2, more or less). In the final year, they dominated the competitive Drake physics exam, administered to over 1,000 students in four states by Drake University. I also taught high school math in rural Louisiana through the Teach for America program. And I’ve taught English as a foreign language in Japan, in a refugee camp in Thailand, and for one hour as a guest in a junior high school in Indonesia. I have a BA in Physics from Carleton College in Northfield, MN and an MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching) from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.

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Details how formulas came to be clearly.

Digby carefully broke down how certain formulas were derived and when to apply them. This simplified the over all concept of work and energy for me. Im am looking forward to our next tutoring session so I can continue to advance my learnings in the world of physics.

Kyle, 2 lessons with Digby

Very Knowledgeable and Calming to my Jittery Student

He was well knowledgeable in his space. He helped determined where my student was and calmed his nerves. He determined that he knows his stuff but needs to know how to apply his knowledge like as in a problem. This was a great experience!

Gary, 5 lessons with Digby

Great session.

When I asked my son how his tutoring sessions was Digby, he said GREAT! It is usually a fight to have him work with a tutor and then he never thinks it is actually helpful! So what a surprise that he thought it was “great and very helpful”!

Amy, 11 lessons with Digby

Comfortable and relatable

He made me feel comfortable from the gate, and got a good idea of where I was at. He gave me some confidence that I wasn’t as lost as I initially thought, gave me the help I needed. He lets you work on a problem to see where your at, jumps in when you ask. I will be working with him again!

Danielle, 68 lessons with Digby

Knowledgeable and very patient

Started learning the very basics of Physics, helped me throughout every step of the way. He made sure I completely understood the concept and went back at any time! Hope to be working with him more.

Younglim, 37 lessons with Digby

Best Physics Tutor Around

My son has never had a physics class before, but he decided to take AP Physics 1 this year. At the beginning of the class he was lost. So I decided to get him some help. Right away we noticed a difference in not only his scores, but in the way he approached problems too. Digby not just helped him with his homework, but also taught the key concepts of each topics so that he was able to tackle any problem no matter the difficulty. Digby does not just try to show you how to do that one certain problem, instead he taught him the fundamentals in order to apply them to many different problem types. He was very patient and he always made sure to find open time slots so that we could schedule lessons. I highly recommend.

Hind, 57 lessons with Digby

Confidence-builder Makes Physics Make Sense!

Digby was outstanding in helping our daughter develop confidence with AP Physics. She is a great student, but physics was a struggle. After trying a couple of other tutors, we thankfully found Digby. When she started physics she said nothing was making sense and she was not passing quizzes. After working with Digby we saw her grade in physics jump from a low C to an A! Not only that, she developed confidence in the classroom to answer questions and even help her classmates. Unlike other tutors we’d tried, Digby took time to understand our daughters needs and then adapted a plan that would work specifically for her. Most recently he helped her prepare for the AP Physics exam - and while we don’t have the result, she said the test was much easier than she’d expected because Digby had taught her the core concepts so well. It is, thus, without any reservation that we give Digby our very strongest endorsement and highest recommendation!

Michael, 35 lessons with Digby

Awesome AP Physics Tutor!

Digby knows the materials extremely well, and is very familiar with the AP format. He is able to to explain complex problems in a very clear way, and provide ample problem set for the student to practice. Digby is also very responsive and accommodating!

A, 5 lessons with Digby

An excellent tutor with years of experience

I went to Digby for help with my AP Physics C class, specifically during the second semester when we were covering E&M. To begin he reviewed the more basic principles of E&M to make sure that I had a solid foundational understanding of the physics topics. Digby was great at walking me through past exam FRQs and teaching me how to approach the problems, how to format my answers, and especially how to set up calculus equations. As the AP exams approached he also helped me review the Mechanics material by first refreshing the basics and then explaining units that I had had trouble understanding in the first semester. Digby can be any type of tutor you need, either as someone who teaches you the material you are not understanding in class, as someone who teaches you how to take the exams, or as someone who will simply help you practice physics problems and be there to correct your mistakes. He is very patient and can provide you with all the study material you could ask for. I highly recommend Digby to any AP physics student who needs help understanding the material or studying for the AP exams.

Claire, 22 lessons with Digby
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